Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, is a charming and compact city that is fun for families to explore on foot. Although most people speak English, the city maintains a distinctly European feel. Here are five things to do in Copenhagen with kids.
Visit the Little Mermaid
There are many tributes in Copenhagen to Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairy tale writer author who spent most of his adult life in the city. Best known is the Little Mermaid sculpture, which sits in Copenhagen Harbour and was gifted to the city by Danish brewer, Carl Jacobsen. The famed bronze and granite sculpture recently celebrated its 100th birthday.
If you are planning to pay the world's most famous mermaid a visit, then be sure to address expectations beforehand to avoid disappointment. Chances are the statue is much smaller than children envision and the Little Mermaid definitely doesn't look like Ariel in the Disney version of the classic fairy tale. I had warned my then 6-year-old daughter and she did not mind the statues diminuitive size; she was just excited to pose for a photo with the mermaid. You can see the Little Mermaid either by land or from the water. We did both, stopping by to take photos with the sculpture during a Hop On Hop Off (HoHo) bus tour of the city. The following day we visited the statue during a canal cruise. This provided an interesting vantage point of all the tourists on shore taking photos of the tourist attraction.
Play at Tivoli Gardens
Set Sail on a Canal Cruise
Explore Danish Castles and Palaces
Kronborg Castle, just north of Copenhagen in Elsinore, is known around the world as Hamlet's Castle. Take a peek at Denmark's crown jewels at Rosenborg Castle. The King's Gardens at Rosenborg are one of the loveliest places in the city to relax, take a stroll or enjoy a picnic. The Royal Stables, Queen's Tapestries and a history of Denmark are open to the public at Christiansborg Palace.